We wrap up October with some fun things! Conferences went great, we are enjoying our "Spirit Days" to celebrate being drug free, and we end the week with a fall party!
Reading- We have been talking about schema and introduced inferring today! Be sure to have your child read every night. Practice makes perfect. AND the better they read, the better they write!
Writing- We continue to work on our informational writing unit. Students have picked an animal off of a kid based resource site called "Pebble Go" and we are starting to write our first piece together. Today we worked on our introductory paragraph and we will work the body and conclusion the rest of this week.
Math- Tomorrow we will take our unit 2 math assessment. This assessment will check to see if students are able to multiply, divide, and solve word problems and decide if they need to use multiplication or division to solve a word problem.
Our next unit will be a continuation of multiplication and division.
Social Studies- We are wrapping up our US Symbols and important documents. Last week we talked about the importance of the Decleration of Indepenence and The Constitution. Our next unit we will begin to learn about measurment.
-Spirit Week for Red Ribbon Week is this week! Tomorrow is Drugs Hurt!- Fake Injury Day, Thursday is "Drugs get in the Way of your Dreams"- P.J. Day. And Friday is Tigers Don't Do Drugs- Tiger/ Willard Wear.
-Our Fall Party is Friday afternoon at 2:45. We still need one more pumpkin for the party. Please let me know if you are able to bring a pumpkin. Parents are welcome to attend the party and celebrate fall with our class!
-There is NO SCHOOL November 3rd or November 4th. Enjoy your 4 day weekend! November will FLY BY!
Veteran's Day Breakfast/Assembly Information
Who can come: All Veterans and their family.
Where: Willard East Elementary
When: Tuesday, November 11th, 8:30 AM Breakfast and 9:30 AM Recognition Assembly.
Details: Veterans will sign in at the office and wear a visitor pass. After signing in all Veterans will go to the multipurpose room to enjoy breakfast. Students who bring a Veteran must check into class first. They will then be called down after 8:30 AM to meet their Veteran in the gym.
October is a busy month and it's hard to believe that it is 1/2 over! Here is what is going on in our classroom:
We have started our guided reading groups. Students got their first book and assignments this week and things are off to a great start! Please be sure to keep reading nightly at home with your child. Even if they are a high reader, the more they read, the more they will continue to grow. Reading is also directly linked to writing and the better reader they are, they better writer they will be.
We have finished our unit on personal narratives. This week, we have been talking about writing using our 5 senses. Students wrote a story about being in a "spooky house" (NOT a haunted house). We started to write these after reading "Ghost Hour, Spook Hour" by Eve Bunting. A young boy is frightened thinking there is some spooky stuff going on in his house during a storm, but realizes when the lights come on, it was all just his imagination. Then we brainstormed the senses that the author used to provide a good description and detail about his encounter that stormy night.
Next week, we will be starting on our informative writing unit.
This week, we learned about multiplication and division being inverse operations and that they can undo each other. The students did well with the concept but not knowing their facts really slowed them down on their work. PLEASE keep working on facts at home- even if it is just a few minutes a night. It will REALLY benefit them now and in the years to come.
Next week we will learn to multiply by multiples of ten (2x50) and will test by the end of next week or the beginning of the week of Oct. 27.
This week, we talked about the symbols of our nation and what they stand for. We also started learning about rules and laws and why we have them.
Fall parties will be on October 31st at 2:45. We need three, medium sized pumpkins to be donated for the class activity. Please email me if you are willing to donate a pumpkin to our class!
Each student will need to bring $2 for supplies for the fall party! You can start sending that in with your child at the beginning of next week!
**Parent/Teacher Conferences will start next Thursday. If you were not able to attend Open House and sign up for a time, I have sent a note home with your student. Please return that ASAP so we can get a time scheduled. I have to have a conference for each student. I will also send home reminders at the beginning of next week.
You will also pick up your fundraiser items the night of conferences.
*Tiger Pride is Oct. 24th at 2:30
What's going on this week?!
Writing- We are finishing up writing another piece of our personal narratives. On Wednesday, Students will complete their writing prompt for the end of the quarter. That piece of writing will show your child's growth as a writer this quarter with personal narratives . The prompt will be completed on Wednesday and independently so students can show what they know.
Reading- Today, a letter with your child's DRA (Diagnostic Reading Assessment) went home. It has your child's DRA level and where they fall on the reading continuum. We use this to help place your child in the correct reading group and help direct instruction for them in class. It is also VERY important that your child is reading daily. Students need to be reading at home for continued growth. Check your child's backpack for the letter.
We will begin guided reading groups this week. Today we talked about expectations with our reading groups and reviewed our Daily 5 activities and how important it is that we are on task during that time.
Math- For the two weeks we have been learning about multiplication. Today we started to introduce division and putting objects into equal groups. Students are learning strategies to solve multiplication problems but we have really been talking about knowing our multiplication facts by heart. Students will have an easier time learning and using these operations if they know their facts. Our stanadards do not allow time to stop and only learn multiplication facts in class like they did years ago. It is VERY important that your child is practicing their facts at home. It doesn't have to be an extreme amount of time, Just quizzing them 15 minutes a night will make a huge difference. And as I mentioned in last week's post about using multiplication games on Mrs. Uckele's Website is another fun way for your child to review!
Science- Last week, we finished up our unit on matter and energy and briefly introduced our new unit about the scientific process. We will continue to learn about this process this week and talk about forming testable questions!
*Fundraisers were due LAST Friday. If you still have one or a coupon book at home that was not sold, please return it ASAP. Willard East is charged for any unreturned coupon books and your child will not be able to attend their class field trip if it is not returned.
*This Friday is the end of the quarter and is 1/2 day release. Students will get out at 12:40 and teachers will have a 1/2 day work day and professional development.
*Our class should be running the mile this Thursday in P.E. (weather permitting) Please send your child in appropriate clothing and shoes so that they can do their best!
Mrs. Letterman is a third grade teacher at Willard East. This is her 8th year in Willard, but her 10th year to teach third grade!